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  • Va. House, Senate pass ban on mandatory labor pacts for construction projects

    01/31/2012 1:26:33 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 2 replies
    The Virginia House and Senate on Tuesday voted to ban mandatory project labor agreements on state-funded construction projects, a move proponents argue will help protect the state's right-to-work laws and create a level playing field in contract bidding. Opponents say the ban is an unnecessary red herring. The Republican-led House approved its version of the bill on a 69-27 vote, and the Senate deadlocked on the measure 20-20.
  • Krauthammer: State of the union flop

    01/29/2012 7:15:04 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Savannah Now ^ | 1/28/12 | CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
    Krauthammer: State of the union flopBy CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER January 28, 2012 - 12:24am Once upon a time, small ball was not Barack Obama’s game. Tuesday, it was the essence of his State of the Union address. The visionary of 2008 — purveyor of hope and change, healer of the earth, tamer of the rising seas — offered an hour of little things: tax-code tweaks to encourage this or that kind of behavior (manufacturing being the flavor of the day), little watchdog agencies to round up Wall Street miscreants and Chinese DVD pirates, even a presidential demand “that all students stay...
  • Teachers' Union Manual Shows How to Organize Illegal Strikes, Use Children During Bargaining

    01/27/2012 5:36:28 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/26/2012 | Tom Gantert
    For more than two years, the Michigan Education Association has had a manual that urges its members to use students as propaganda in contract negotiations and also lays out how to organize strikes, which are illegal in Michigan. A 28-page manual, “Building Full Capacity Locals — Crisis Planning, It’s Never Too Early To Start!” has one section that reads: “Strikes: Aren’t They Illegal?” and follows with a civil disobedience quote from Mahatma Gandhi. The manual appears to have been created in July of 2009. “What’s really troubling about this publication isn’t what’s inside, it’s right there on the cover. This...
  • Wisconsin’s Walker Leads Poll As Union Bosses Burn Through Members’ Money

    01/26/2012 5:57:06 AM PST · by IbJensen · 17 replies
    Red State ^ | 1/26/2012 | Labor Union Report
    Following Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s reforming his state’s collective bargaining laws and breaking the stranglehold unions held on taxpayers (saving them $476 million so far), union bosses across the country laid siege on the dairy state’s capitol and declared war on Walker and his fellow Republicans. In 2011, union bosses and other outside groups spent tens of millions of dollars in a failed attempt to recall six Republican state senators and are spending millions more now trying to recall Scott Walker. The millions union bosses are now spending—paid for by union members throughout the country—has Democrats getting nervous that the...
  • We’ve Heard this Song Before

    01/25/2012 3:19:59 PM PST · by Congressman Tom McClintock · 5 replies
    After President Clinton took a drubbing from voters in the 1994 Congressional election, he realized his policies weren't working. He promptly declared, "The era of big government is over," and he then went about making good on that declaration: • He reduced spending by a miraculous 3 1/2 percent of GDP. • He attacked entitlement spending and abolished the ballooning open-ended welfare system. • He signed what amounted to the biggest capital gains tax cut in American history. • He delivered the only four budget surpluses in four decades. • And he produced a period of prolonged economic expansion. President...
  • Indiana House approves right-to-work bill

    01/25/2012 3:12:40 PM PST · by DemforBush · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 1/25/12 | Tom LoBianco
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's Republican-controlled House of Representatives cleared the way Wednesday to become the first right-to-work state in a traditionally union-heavy Rust Belt increasingly targeted by non-union foes. The House voted 54-44 to make Indiana the nation's 23rd right-to-work state after Democrats ended a periodic boycott which had stalled the measure for weeks. The measure is expected to face little opposition in Indiana's Republican-controlled Senate and could reach Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels' desk shortly before the Feb. 5 Super Bowl in Indianapolis...
  • Radical Church, Unions Could Share Protest Stage

    01/25/2012 2:53:04 PM PST · by Abathar · 6 replies ^ | 1/25/2012 | Derrik Thomas
    INDIANAPOLIS -- A controversial church and Indiana union members could find themselves sharing the same stage before the Super Bowl. The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, which is known for its radical demonstrations outside soldier funerals, has announced it plans to travel to Indianapolis to picket outside the Super Bowl. Teamsters upset over the divisive right-to-work bill that passed the House on Wednesday said previously they also plan to protest outside the big game to bring national attention to their issue. The Super Bowl Host Committee has set up two so-called free speech zones at South and Illinois streets and on...
  • FACT CHECK: Obama's 2012 State of the Union

    01/24/2012 7:50:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Fox ^ | 1/24/12 | ap
    WASHINGTON – It was a wish list, not a to-do list. President Obama's array of plans in his State of the Union speech was light on a key piece of context -- namely, that his hands are so tied until after the election that it is doubtful many if any of them can be done in the remainder of his term. There can be little more than wishful thinking behind his call to end oil industry subsidies -- something he could not get through a Democratic Congress, much less today's divided Congress, much less in this election year. A look...
  • Warren Buffett’s Secretary to Sit with Michelle Obama at State of the Union

    01/24/2012 11:08:39 AM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies · 2+ views
    The Blaze ^ | 1/24/12 | Christopher Santarelli
    The Obama campaign has found its Joe the Plumber. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night is expected to emphasize economic inequality, appropriately timed coming off the Occupy Wall Street fall leading up to Tuesday’s release of frequent Republican front-runner Mitt Romney’s tax returns which reveal that the multi-millionaire pays an effective tax rate of 13.9 percent. To hammer home the political game that the Obama campaign has been playing, billionaire Warren Buffett‘s longtime secretary will be joining first lady Michelle Obama in her seating section during tonight’s speech. The guest choice is significant because Buffett’s secretary,...
  • Breaking News: Indiana Dems Run Again, Right-to-Work Bill On Hold

    01/23/2012 11:12:10 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/23/2012 | Jack Spencer
    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's march toward becoming the nation's 23rd right-to-work state is once again in limbo. House Democrats here refused to return to the Indiana House floor Tuesday evening, abandoning a deal that was supposed to lead to a vote on right-to-work legislation by the end of this week. Indiana Senate Bill 269 and House Bill 1001 would make it a Class A misdemeanor to require an individual to join or remain in a union or to pay any dues, fees or other charges to that same labor organization. After the Democrats refused to come back from a recess in...
  • Labor union quits alliance with greens over Keystone pipeline

    01/22/2012 9:59:15 AM PST · by TennesseeGirl · 18 replies
    E2 Wire ^ | 1/20/2012 | Andrew Restuccia
    The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) left the BlueGreen Alliance on Friday, citing a disagreement with the group’s members over the Keystone XL pipeline. LIUNA, a vocal Keystone supporter, took aim at other unions for opposing the project. “We’re repulsed by some of our supposed brothers and sisters lining up with job killers like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council to destroy the lives of working men and women,” LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan said in a statement. The BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of environmental groups and labor unions, confirmed LIUNA’s exit Friday afternoon. “The...
  • Robert E. Lee: Remembering an American Legend

    01/20/2012 3:28:33 PM PST · by BigReb555 · 136 replies
    Cumming Home ^ | January 20, 2012 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Dr. Edward C. Smith, respected African-American Professor of History at American University in Washington, D.C., told the audience in Atlanta, Georgia during a 1995 Robert E. Lee birthday event, ‘Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert E. Lee were individuals worthy of emulation because they understood history.’
  • email from VEA Teachers Union opposing bill to limit tenure (BARF ALERT)

    01/20/2012 11:02:06 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 2 replies
    Continuing Contract Threatened Take Action! Write Your Delegate Today HB 576 denies experience teachers continuing contract, moving them to annual contracts. Thwart this attack on the teaching profession by writing your delegate now!
  • Michigan Health Care Workers Get Out of SEIU

    01/19/2012 7:03:08 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/17/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Employees at the Mercy Health Partners Hackley Campus in Muskegon recently voted themselves out of the Service Employees International Union by a 65-9 margin. Three members voted for nonunion status. The specific branch of the SEIU involved is Healthcare Michigan. The vote was taken last week. The employee group will now transition over to the National Union of Healthcare Workers. The loss of the Hackley employees, coupled with the loss of the employees at the Luther Manor skilled nursing facility in Saginaw in a September election, means SEIU Healthcare Michigan is even more dependent on dues from a “forced unionization”...
  • U of M Payouts Top $30 Million

    01/18/2012 8:36:31 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies · 1+ views
    KSTP ^ | 1-18-12 | Mark Albert, Mike Maybay, & Erik Altmann
    In November 2011, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reported $86 million in unused vacation pay, sick time, and other severance had been paid to departing state workers and MnSCU employees in the past three years. And the total is growing by the day. Now, the University of Minnesota has released its separate payroll records, showing it paid departing employees $30 million during the same time period. That brings the total to at least $116 million for all departing state workers in the past three years.
  • U of M Payouts Top $30 Million

    01/18/2012 8:36:08 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 1+ views
    KSTP ^ | 1-18-12 | Mark Albert, Mike Maybay, & Erik Altmann
    In November 2011, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reported $86 million in unused vacation pay, sick time, and other severance had been paid to departing state workers and MnSCU employees in the past three years. And the total is growing by the day. Now, the University of Minnesota has released its separate payroll records, showing it paid departing employees $30 million during the same time period. That brings the total to at least $116 million for all departing state workers in the past three years.
  • Union Bosses Showing Their True Colors in Wisconsin

    01/18/2012 11:57:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Red State ^ | 1/18/12 | Drew Ryun (Diary)
    From the Diaries… As the Recall Walker effort submitted their signatures to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board today (claiming 1 million signatures), Wisconsinites deserve a serious analysis of this Big Labor, big money game to force a recall election on the people of this state. We will be shocked at what is yet to come. Evidence is already mounting to suggest that Big Labor has used underhanded, fraudulent and illegal tactics to pad their petition numbers. Major national labor organizations have dumped millions into Wisconsin to stop Governor Walker’s reforms and with the integrity of these petitions being questioned; they...
  • Enough signatures collected to force Wis. Gov. Walker recall election

    01/17/2012 10:42:02 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 25 replies
    NBC Politics ^ | Jan. 17, 2012 | Associated Press
    MADISON, Wis. -- Opponents of Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker submitted nearly twice as many signatures Tuesday as required to force a recall election, but still face the challenge of transforming public outrage over his moves against unions into actual votes to oust him from office.
  • King’s God: The Unknown Faith of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    01/16/2012 10:47:21 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 18 replies
    Tikkun ^ | Nov./Dec. 2009 | Robert James “Be” Scofield
    You undoubtedly know that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a progressive Christian and champion of civil rights and the social gospel. You may also know that he spoke out against the Vietnam War, harshly criticized U.S. foreign policy, and questioned the capitalist system that produced poverty. But do you know his theology? Right up until Dr. King's assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had traveled to support striking sanitation workers, the civil rights leader worked—not as a secular activist but as a Baptist minister—to awaken the conscience of the nation. What was the meaning of Jesus for Dr. King?...
  • One man’s campaign to upend Nevada’s tax structure

    01/15/2012 1:50:59 PM PST · by redreno · 7 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 | 2:01 a.m. | By Michael Squires
    A Las Vegas attorney will launch a legal and political effort this week aimed at establishing and funding a parallel state budget, beyond the reach of the Legislature and governor. Kermitt Waters seeks to place on the November ballot a proposed constitutional amendment calling for a sweeping overhaul of Nevada’s tax system — abolishing property taxes on single-family homes among other things while identifying and allocating new tax revenue. Waters said last week his proposal is borne of frustration with the status quo in Carson City. The state’s 63 lawmakers represent the powerful interests who fund their campaigns, he said,...
  • Report: Obama admin sends Coast Guard to protect ships from violent union members, occupiers

    01/12/2012 12:22:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/12/12 | Matthew Boyle
    United States Coast Guard. Image by U.S. Coast Guard President Barack Obama’s administration has ordered the United States Coast Guard to protect grain ships at the Port of Longview from violent “Occupy” protesters and dockworker union members, according to a local news report. The Daily News in Longview, Wash., reported that the Coast Guard will protect a grain shipment from an onslaught of “Occupy” protesters and members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). The ship will be transporting grain to Asia. A date for the shipment has not yet been set. The group of leftwing activists had shut...
  • Do (WI) Recall Politics Belong in the Classroom? (FReep a Poll!)

    01/12/2012 8:57:55 AM PST · by JRios1968 · 20 replies
    Shorewood Patch ^ | January 11, 2012 | Jeff Rumage
    With teacher pay and benefits coming to the forefront in a heated political climate, the effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker has found its way into one Whitefish Bay classroom. Conservative talk radio host Charlie Sykes reported Tuesday that a Whitefish Bay Middle School teacher wore a "Recall Walker" pin in the classroom — a cause for concern for some of the students' parents.
  • Capitol Report: Dems asking recall signature gatherers to wrap it up

    01/10/2012 10:55:18 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    Capital Times ^ | 1-9-12 | JESSICA VANEGEREN
    With the Jan. 17 deadline fast approaching for opponents of Republican Gov. Scott Walker to turn in petitions aimed at triggering a recall election, the Wisconsin Democratic Party is encouraging signature gatherers to wrap it up. "We don't want people holding on to petitions until the last minute," says Graeme Zielinski, spokesman with the Wisconsin Democratic Party. "So if you have them, turn them in. Don't hoard them." Zielinski says the party has imposed several "internal deadlines" for people to sign and to turn in petitions. He says the party is asking the petitions to be mailed in no later...
  • Hyundai hit by stoppage after worker suicide bid - Seoul

    01/10/2012 3:05:51 AM PST · by prisoner6 · 6 replies
    AFP ^ | 1/10/12 | NA
    SEOUL — Unionised workers at South Korea's largest carmaker Hyundai Motor stopped work at engine plants in one factory on Tuesday after a union member set himself ablaze due to alleged bullying by bosses. The union said workers at the five engine plants in the southeastern city of Ulsan stopped production at 1 pm (0400 GMT) after management rejected their demands -- including an apology for the incident and punishment of those responsible.
  • Hyundai Union Threatens Stoppages After Worker Self-Immolation (Union worker sets self on fire)

    01/09/2012 3:24:55 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/9/2012 | Reuters
    The labor union of Hyundai Motor has threatened to suspend all engine output in the company's biggest production base from Tuesday, saying an employee set himself on fire to protest the company's alleged "suppression" of unionized workers. The incident indicates labor issues remain a potential vulnerability for the strongly performing South Korean carmaker, although it avoided strikes for a third year in a row last year. The worker and union member with the surname Shin was found in flames at a Hyundai engine plant in the southeastern city of Ulsan at around noon on Sunday, and is currently in critical...
  • Retiree costs loom large over St. Paul schools

    01/08/2012 4:57:17 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-8-12 | Mila Koumpilova
    A $409 million tab projected for retiree benefit costs looms for the cash-strapped St. Paul Public Schools. Some on the school board are urging the district to tackle the liability more aggressively. But officials say there's little they can do to put a dent in the costs, which have bumped up tax bills and diverted money from the classroom. St. Paul recently started socking away money to help cover the benefits, slated to sunset in 2014. But the investment came later and started out smaller than planned, and recent market turmoil chipped away at it. "I feel we're throwing a...
  • UPDATE: Search Warrant for SEIU Operative Who Voted from Wisconsin Hotel

    01/06/2012 9:00:15 AM PST · by opentalk · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government /Media Trackers ^ | January 5, 2012 | Collin Roth
    On Wednesday, Milwaukee Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf issued a search warrant for Florida SEIU organizer Clarence Haynes declaring there is “probable cause that Mr. H [Clarence Haynes] voted without the proper qualifications as an elector when he cast a ballot on April 5, 2011.”Documents exclusively obtained by Media Trackers revealed that Clarence Haynes, along with two other out-of-state SEIU organizers, voted using the address of a Residence Inn in Glendale, Wisconsin in the April 5, 2011 spring election. Media Trackers first uncovered these individuals on October 26, 2011, prompting Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf to investigate the matter. The...
  • Union: Media’s Portrayal of TSA Employees Has Hurt Our Bargaining Power

    01/05/2012 9:15:37 AM PST · by Altariel · 25 replies
    In These Times ^ | January 2, 2012 | Mike Elk
    “A lot of people take this job very seriously—any bag I open could be my last,” said Heydrich Thomas, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) baggage screener who works at New York City's JFK airport and is also local union leader. TSA employees, who work to prevent explosives and other weapons from entering airplanes, have some of the most dangerous jobs in America. According to TSA employee Eric Wood, vice president of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1120, TSA employees find approximately 30 guns a week nationwide when searching people’s bags. But despite the dangerous nature of their jobs,...
  • Romney ad: Obama appointees to NLRB are ‘union stooges’

    01/05/2012 9:00:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/05/11 | Josh Lederman
    Romney ad: Obama appointees to NLRB are ‘union stooges’By Josh Lederman - 01/05/12 09:17 AM ET Mitt Romney is calling President Obama’s appointees to the labor board “union stooges” who practice un-American political playback, in a new ad his campaign is airing in South Carolina. The release of the 30-second television ad comes the day after Obama installed three new members of the National Labor Relations Board, appointing them while the Senate was in recess to sidestep Republican opposition. A day earlier, Romney claimed victory in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, but his razor-thin margin raised prospects that the nomination fight will...
  • Robert E. Lee: Remembering an American Legend

    01/04/2012 4:35:41 PM PST · by BigReb555 · 87 replies
    Huntington News ^ | January 4, 2012 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Thursday, January 19, 2012, is the 205th birthday of General Robert E. Lee, whose memory is still dear in the hearts of people everywhere.
  • Starting now, state workers, families to pay more for medical care

    01/04/2012 7:28:28 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 1-1-12 | Steven Verburg
    State workers and their families will pay more for medical care starting Jan. 1 under the latest changes to emerge from a state law that wiped out most public employee union rights. The changes in the state health plan require 183,000 participants to pay 10 percent of their bills for doctor visits, tests, surgeries and hospitalizations up to an annual maximum of $500 for single people and $1,000 for families. Health plan administrators have explained the new system previously, but they expect to get a lot more questions when workers begin reaching into their pockets. "I think the reality will...
  • Public employee union defends Denver cop who was fired for driving drunk at 143 mph

    12/30/2011 7:02:09 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    hot air ^ | December 29, 2011 | Tina Korbe
    Denver police officer Derrick Curtis Saunders was arrested for speeding and driving under the influence. Before he was pulled over, he was driving at 143 mph in a 55-mph zone. That’s 88 miles an hour more than the speed limit. His blood-alcohol level was 0.089 percent, slightly higher than the 0.08 legal limit. Appropriately, the Denver Police Department dismissed him. (A judge also sentenced him to five days in jail, fined him $300 and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service.) Now, Saunders would like his job back — and the Denver Police Protection Association stands ready to...
  • Las Vegas Teachers’ Union May Force 1,000 Layoffs to Preserve Its Profitable Insurance Company

    12/22/2011 9:11:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | 12/22/11 | Education Action Group
    LAS VEGAS – While the Great Recession has affected almost all Americans, Nevadans may be the hardest hit. The state leads the nation in unemployment (13 percent) and home foreclosures (three times the national average). Because of the faltering economy and slowed tax revenue, the Clark County School District needs to cut $78 million from its budget over the next two years. The district must do this either by freezing teacher pay and finding a more affordable employee health insurance carrier, or by laying off 1,000 educators as early as next month.
  • Teachers Union President Deems Education Too 'Complex" for Tax-Paying Rubes

    12/21/2011 9:20:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Big Government ^ | 12/21/11 | Kyle Olson
    It’s so reassuring to have the intellectual elites in our nation’s teachers unions, like Sandy Hughes of Tennessee, looking out for us rubes. Hughes, a local union president, is pitching the idea that school board membership be limited to people who “have worked in the education field,” because the issues at hand are “so complex” and too complicated for average citizens.
  • Report: Colo taxpayers pay millions in union costs ( teachers unions )

    12/19/2011 2:32:19 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    ap ^ | December 19,2011
    Budget documents from 20 Colorado school districts show taxpayers spent more than $5.8 million over the past five years for the activities of teachers unions ... Some districts pay all or part of the salaries of full-time union leaders, salaries of teachers on leave to attend union-sponsored training and meetings and hiring substitutes for teachers who were attending union events. Critics of the practice say taxpayer money is being used to benefit unions, not children.
  • 10 doctors who backed Wisconsin protesters' absences not disciplined

    12/18/2011 10:03:14 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 9 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 12-17-11 | Matthew DeFour and David Wahlberg
    At least 10 doctors not previously disciplined by the state signed sick notes for Madison School District employees that the district considered fraudulent, according to a State Journal analysis of the notes submitted amid Capitol protests earlier this year. The newspaper also found that about 570 district employees submitted sick notes for at least one of the four days in February when teacher absences forced a school shutdown. The number presents, for the first time, a clearer picture of how many Madison employees sought an excused absence. The documents - obtained by the newspaper Friday as part of a settlement...
  • Unions harass teacher who dared to speak up in support of Scott Walker

    12/15/2011 10:30:08 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 9 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 15,2011 | TINA KORBE
    The obnoxiousness continues. Not content to picket the Capitol and petition for the recall of any and every state leader who had a hand in the passage of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill, union leaders are now harassing a teacher who appeared in an ad in support of Walker. In a basic black-back-dropped ad, Kristi Lacroix said she wasn’t in favor of a recall. “I’m not big on recalls and I think, at this point, in my opinion, and I’m only speaking from the ‘I,’ it feels a little like sour grapes,” she says in the spot. “It’s...
  • Union Supporters of OWS sent home; no pay when Ports shut down. (Vanity)

    12/13/2011 5:11:18 PM PST · by no dems · 14 replies
    December 13, 2011 | no dems
    Yesterday the Occupy Wall Street Protesters, shut down Ports in the Oakland, CA area, Portland, OR and Washington State. The Union workers were sent home with no pay. How does that grab ya? The protest punks you've been supporting, Union dudes, just cut into your Christmas money. I hope you, your President Barack Hussein Obozo and the Dems who support them are happy. You friggin' meat-heads.
  • Union militants threaten Wisconsin teacher

    12/11/2011 11:56:18 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies
    Union militants are threatening and harassing the courageous charter school teacher who is leading the fight to defend Wisconsin's new government-sector Right to Work law. With free legal aid from National Right to Work Foundation attorneys, Kristi Lacroix and two other civil servants filed an amicus brief and a motion to intervene against union lawyers' spurious lawsuit seeking to overturn Wisconsin's monopoly bargaining reforms. WISN-TV in Milwaukee reported that "she has been blistered by negative and vicious emails and phone messages at school and on Facebook, including one suggesting she get protection."
  • Taking on the union freebies (Group suing public employee union)

    12/08/2011 10:22:12 AM PST · by inkling · 4 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | December 7, 2011 | Clint Bolick
    In September, my colleague Mark Flatten released an investigative report showing that Phoenix and other Arizona cities spend millions of dollars every year to pay employees to perform union work on city time. Less than three months later, we are going to court on behalf of Phoenix taxpayers to put an end to the practice of union “release time.” Our case takes on the city’s contract with the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA), which provides an estimated $900,000 in annual release time for police union work, including lobbying. The provisions take six full-time officers off the streets – giving them...
  • Union bigs face rank and 'bile'

    12/08/2011 8:17:33 AM PST · by Gomez · 19 replies
    Workers outraged at Caribbean junket As union bosses continued livin’ it up in the Puerto Rican sun yesterday, municipal workers getting soaked by New York’s cold rain were livid that their hard-earned money was funding the leaders’ Caribbean “convention.” “There goes our union dues!” fumed a furious Local 3 electrician. “They paid for that junket with union dues.” “I’ve worked for 10 months in the last two years. I’m getting laid off at the end of the year,” the electrician railed. “I have no use for the union. All I see is waste, corruption and hypocrisy.” At an Upper West...
  • Union Radicals Harass Teacher Who Dared to Support Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

    12/07/2011 9:06:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Big Government ^ | 12/7/11 | Education Action Group
    KENOSHA – Apparently there’s no room for free thought or disagreement within the Wisconsin Education Association Council. We suppose that’s not terribly surprising for a group that has to force its members to join. Still, it’s troubling to hear that Kristi LaCroix, the courageous public school teacher who had the guts to film a television ad supporting Gov. Scott Walker’s reforms, is being harassed by union zealots to the point where she wants to change careers. LaCroix, who teaches at Lakeview Technology Academy in the Kenosha school district, recently posted the following on her Facebook page, according a news story...
  • Verizon fires 40 union employees related to conduct during August strike

    12/07/2011 9:23:33 AM PST · by magellan · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/06/2011 | Michael Farrell
    Verizon Communications Inc. has fired 40 employees involved in a contentious two-week labor strike over the summer for actions the company said ranged from acts of violence to making threats or racist comments. The employees, including 10 in Massachusetts, received letters over the weekend saying they were terminated for violating the company’s code of conduct while picketing against cuts in their contract. The 45,000 unionized Verizon workers along the East Coast who went on strike in August agreed to return to work under the old contract while both sides negotiated a new bargaining agreement. "We respect the rights of our...
  • Judge blocks union vote for child care providers(MN)

    12/05/2011 12:20:37 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-5-11 | BRIAN BAKST
    ST. PAUL, Minn.—A Ramsey County judge on Monday blocked a unionization vote by Minnesota child care workers that was to get under way this week, saying the issue must go through the state Legislature. Attorneys for the plaintiffs argued that the Democratic governor exceeded his powers with the executive order setting up the election. "If unionization of day care is to become the law of Minnesota, it must first be submitted to the lawmaking body of the state," Judge Dale Lindman said after hearing three hours of testimony. Lindman also said he was "bothered" that less than half of the...
  • Why the Union Attacks Us — and FDR

    12/05/2011 9:21:16 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/5/2011 | Tom Shull
    The Michigan Education Association, the state’s largest public school employee organization, has claimed that a recent email from Mackinac Center Senior Legislative Analyst Jack McHugh is “exposing the (Center) for what it really is,” because McHugh briefly stated, “Our goal is (to) outlaw government collective bargaining in Michigan. …” The idea that this is “exposing” anything hidden is bizarre; the Center has long questioned collective bargaining in government and has publicly recommended its repeal. Significantly, however, the MEA is mounting the attack at the very time when policymakers are finally beginning to address the worst excesses of collective bargaining for...
  • Wisconsin protesters give Nazi Salute at Xmas tree lighting

    12/02/2011 4:30:23 PM PST · by madameguinot · 19 replies
    Youtube video of Scott Walker do official Xmas tree lighting at the capitol. Two in the audience prominently give a 'Nazi' salute as he is introduced.
  • Union Shock! Mackinac Center and FDR Agree — Ban Government Collective Bargaining

    12/02/2011 7:32:24 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 21 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/2/2011 | Jack McHugh
    Michigan’s largest government employee union, the MEA teachers union, is expressing shock — shock! — that a Mackinac Center analyst asserted in an email, “Our goal is (to) outlaw government collective bargaining in Michigan, which in practical terms means no more MEA.” It’s a good thing the union bosses apparently didn’t read an article published in CapCon by the same analyst, me, 10 days after that email was sent, “Government Collective Bargaining Inherently Corrupting, Should Be Outlawed.” If that assertion isn’t clear enough, let's try this: Collective bargaining for government employees is illegitimate and hurts people. Mostly, it hurts the...
  • A big week for labor? (Boeing strikes tentative deal with union on South Carolina production plant)

    12/01/2011 8:58:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/01/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    Three items of note are rolled into one in terms of labor news this week, and while some – particularly among union leadership – may be cheering, it’s far from a good day for workers. The first item up is that there is a tentative deal in place between Boeing and the machinists unions over the future production of Boeing’s new 737 MAX aircraft. While it still requires ratification, it seems that the union will receive a variety of new benefits and keep a lot of jobs at the Renton, Wash. plant while Boeing still gets to go into production...
  • NLRB 'Ignores' Rules To Rush Union Elections

    11/30/2011 8:19:12 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/30/2011 | Jack Spencer
    With a 2-1 labor-friendly advantage, the National Labor Relations Board is poised to speed up the union election process, but to do so it would have to bend its own rules. According to precedent, the NLRB requires at least three “yes” votes to make changes, such as those proposed for the elections. But it plans to adopt the regulations with just two “yes” votes, anyway in a meeting scheduled for Nov. 30. At full force, the NLRB is comprised of five members. Due to wrangling between President Barack Obama and Congress, it currently has only three members. They are: Craig...
  • Teachers Choose Union Health Plan, Now Pay Up To 37.5 Percent Of Premiums

    11/29/2011 8:57:04 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/29/2011 | Tom Gantert
    In one year, teachers in the Dearborn Heights School District went from paying nothing for their own health insurance premiums to paying as much as 37.5 percent toward that cost. Dearborn Heights Superintendent Jeffrey Bartold said in an email the teachers who pay that much voluntarily do so because they wanted to keep the more expensive MESSA health care plan. Bartold said teachers who switched to a less expensive plan only pay 20 percent of their health care costs. MESSA is a third-party administrator affiliated with the Michigan Education Association that purchases health insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield of...